Regulation 12

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Regulation 12 sets out the rights of agency workers in relation to access to collective facilities and amenities. This rule provides that during assignments, agency workershave the right to be treated no less favourably than a comparable worker in relation to the collective facilities and amenities provided by the hirer, including canteen or similar facilities; child care facilities; and transport services.

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Regulation 12 – Rights of agency workers in relation to access to collective facilities and amenities 

1) An agency worker has during an assignment the right to be treated no less favourably than a comparable worker in relation to the collective facilities and amenities provided by the hirer.

(2) The rights conferred by paragraph (1) apply only if the less favourable treatment is not justified on objective grounds.

(3) “Collective facilities and amenities” includes, in particular—

(a) canteen or other similar facilities;

(b) child care facilities; and

(c) transport services.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (1) an individual is a comparable worker in relation to an agency worker if at the time when the breach of paragraph (1) is alleged to take place—

(a) both that individual and the agency worker are—

(i) working for and under the supervision and direction of the hirer, and

(ii) engaged in the same or broadly similar work having regard, where relevant, to whether they have a similar level of qualification and skills;

(b) that individual works or is based at the same establishment as the agency worker or, where there is no comparable worker working or based at that establishment who satisfies the requirements of sub-paragraph (a), works or is based at a different establishment and satisfies those requirements; and

(c) that individual is an employee of the hirer or, where there is no employee satisfying the requirements of sub-paragraphs (a) and (b), is a worker of the hirer and satisfies those requirements.

Law / 21 January 2010 / United Kingdom / Agency Workers Regulations 2010

The Regulations are intended to give effect to the EU Directive on temporary agency work. The Regulations apply to agency workers who are assigned to do temporary work for hirers through temporary work agencies.

After completion of a 12-week qualifying period, agency workers are entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions as they would have been entitled to for doing the same job having been recruited directly by the hirer.

The Regulations also provide that agency workers must be able to access a hirer’s collective facilities and amenities and have access to information about job vacancies from the beginning of their assignment.